Backlash 2002 Predictions-April 19, 2002
Welcome to the Outside Perception….err….the Perfect Influence. Hell if I know what you call this column. The boss and I have decided to combine our columns for today so that we can give you our takes on WWF Backlash. Everything I write will be in italics and the boss' stuff will be in regular font. So without further ado…I'm Dan Glamour
needs to develop some new top-level stars. This match is going to help in
sending Bradshaw to the top of the Raw roster. He's already teamed with
"Stone Cold" Steve Austin in a Raw Main Event, with him getting the
victory over X Pac this past week. As Dan stated, the nWo has not really
had a major impact on the WWF yet, and I do not believe it is going to start at
Backlash. Look for Bradshaw to be pushed to the moon. (Just give him
a first name, already.)
Lesnar is the future of the WWF. Brock Lesnar is a monster. Brock
Lesnar is the next big thing. Brock Lesnar is going to squash Jeff Hardy,
Matt Hardy, and Lita all at once. Oh yeah, Paul Heyman is going to say
Snow and Maven have not had the long exposure as a tag team yet. Because
of this, they are still a bit "green" (with Maven being green in
general). Billy and Chuck have really jelled (no pun intended) together as
a team, and with the addition of Rico to their camp, they will probably be on
top of the tag division for a while yet. They're the hottest team the WWF
has seen since Well Dunn (for you old-timers out there).
WWF wants to push the Women's Division, but they continually do it the wrong
way. In this match, Molly Holly will try to assist Jazz in retaining the
title, but Trish will be able to overcome this obstacle. Jazz has been an
unproductive champion, and has not helped whatsoever in building this
division. Trish, on the other hand, has been one of the most popular
female grapplers (although this does not say much) in recent memory and may be
the only person to help jump-start this division.
is a hard one to call. On one hand, RVD has been an immensely popular
competitor since joining the WWF (as a part of the Alliance) last year. On
the other, Eddie Guerrero is making his return and how better to establish
yourself than by taking a major championship in your first PPV match back.
Eddie is really pumped up now, too, as he is looking to be in perhaps the best
shape in his life. However, Van Dam should retain, pissing Guerrero
off. It will be a close match. No matter what happens, Latino Heat
and RVD will continue this feud after this night is over.
WWF wants to also build up the Cruiserweight Division. Kidman has had
limited visibility in the WWF, and is not yet over with the fans. Tajiri
is over, and appears to be becoming a heel. Torrie will be joining Kidman
after this match, especially if Tajiri cheats to win. I think Rey Mysterio,
Jr. may be debuting soon, as well (if he hasn't yet by now).
or Kurt Angle. The WWF wants to push Edge as a superstar of the next
generation, but at the same time, needs to maintain Angle as one of the top
heels on Smackdown. These two have fought each other so much in the past,
it is somewhat difficult to call. Angle needs to be pushed more than Edge
in the near future in order to maintain his credibility.
Cold Steve Austin vs. Undertaker
or Austin? Undertaker or Austin? Who could possibly win this
match? I agree with Dan Glamour that Flair is going to try to screw the
Undertaker, but that is not what will determine the outcome of the match.
Vince McMahon will be at Backlash, has a friendship with the Undertaker, and a
hatred of both Flair and Austin. How else could he better get back at
Flair or Austin than by screwing them both and assisting the Undertaker.
needs to add some flavor to the show in order to help build it up. As over
as Triple H is, Hogan is larger than life right now. Hogan does not have
much wrestling left in him either, which makes this more fitting. Hogan
will win the title at Backlash. Triple H will go to Smackdown, and Hogan
will try to draw some ratings for Raw. With this scenario, the re-rematch
from the Gravest Challenge of Survivor Series 1991 will go down (first rematch
was Tuesday in Texas where Flair tried to help Undertaker, only to backfire and
Hogan would regain the title-he lost it at Survivor Series), and we could
possibly see some classic interaction between Hogan the wrestler and Flair the
owner. It is no secret that these two legends have had their on-screen
battles in the past, but not in the WWF. It's about to happen.
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